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Scholarships for Gay or Lesbian Students

Colleges, universities and organizations offer many academic, extracurricular and financial aid opportunities to LGBT-identified students and LGBT allies. While there are LGBTQ scholarships exclusively reserved for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex students, there are LGBTQ scholarships available to questioning LGBTQI students and allies. There are many scholarships for LGBTQ allies who are dedicated to the active promotion of equal rights and opportunities. Students who participate in LGBTQ-related activities and community projects can land significant college scholarships to help pay for school. Some LGBTQ scholarships give more than just money - scholarship providers may offer leadership training and mentoring program to further advocate and promote LGBTQ rights.

In order to financially assist the LGBT community, we offer a list of scholarships for LGBTQ students and allies. Below are a few scholarships for LGBTQ activists, LGBTQ and questioning students but don't forget to conduct a thorough, free scholarship search to land as much free college scholarship money you can.

ALLIES Scholarship for Student Leadership Development

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Applicants of the ALLIES Scholarship for Student Leadership Development must be full-time students at Northern Michigan University in good academic standing and show documented leadership, support, or involvement in organizations, activities, or issues that promote awareness and acceptance of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (GLBT) community at Northern Michigan University. For more [...] More

Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund are for students who will be pursuing post-secondary, undergraduate education in an accredited institution or program during the coming school year and who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender or have a LGBTQ parent. Applicants must have resided for at least one year in the State of Oregon or in Clack, Cowlitz, Skamania, or Wahkiakum Counties in [...] More

CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $500
  • The CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship provides financial support and hope to meritorious students who demonstrate positive sensitivity to and involvement in LGBT issues. Preference is given to currently enrolled Wayne State University LGBT students, although all Wayne State University students are invited to apply. All current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at least half-time with [...] More

David Womack Memorial Alabama & West Virginia LGBT Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The David Womack Memorial Alabama LGBT Scholarship is available to any lesbian or gay undergrad student from the state of Alabama. An essay and proof of college attendance/acceptance is required by June 30th. The essay should be no more than three pages and discuss the applicants background, educational history, goals for the future and why the applicant believes they should receive the [...] More

eQuality Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2021
  • Amount: $6,000
  • eQuality Scholarship Collaborative awards scholarships to honor and encourage California students for their service to the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community. Applicants for all scholarships must have demonstrated service to the LGBT+ community. Applicants of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible. Awards are available to graduating high school seniors, community [...] More

Follansbee-Hansen Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Sacramento Chapter of PFLAG is pleased to be able to offer scholarships to LGBTQ students from the Sacramento area. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education, including vocational and technical schools; demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBTQ+ community; and, have a 2.5 GPA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Grand Valley State University LGBT Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The purpose of the Grand Valley State University LGBT Scholarship is to provide financial assistance for students who demonstrate positive sensitivity to and involvement in LGBT issues, to promote visibility of LGBT life and to foster service and activism in the larger community. Preference is given to LGBT students. Applicants must be degree-seeking students with a minimum 2.0 GPA. For more [...] More

LEAGUE Foundation Academic Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the LEAGUE Foundation Academic Scholarships, applicants must: be a graduating high school senior enrolled in a college or trade school in the US or Canada; be a US citizen; have a 3.0 GPA; and, identify as LGBTQ. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Levin-Goffe Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $25,000
  • The Levin-Goffe Scholarship Fund was established to cover up to two years of schooling for undocumented immigrants here in New York City who identify as LGBTQI. Students must be able to prove full-time enrollment in a New York City nonprofit college or university. Applicants must have successfully completed at least one academic year or is at least a rising sophomore and have a minimum 3.25 GPA. [...] More

NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award

  • Application Deadline: 6/7/2021
  • Amount: $500
  • The purpose of the annual NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award is to provide a research award in recognition of a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation research project in areas of Lesbian, Queer, and LGBT Studies that resonates with the mission of NWSA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ+STEM Students

  • Application Deadline: 6/6/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • NOGLSTP established the Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ STEM students which are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or an active ally of the LGBTQ community. One scholarship will go to an undergraduate student, and one will go to a [...] More

Pacific Gas & Electric Company PrideNetwork ERG Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The mission of the PrideNetwork Employee Resource Group is to promote a safe and equal environment for PG&E Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally employees, while contributing to larger company objectives. The scholarships are open to high school or community college graduates, and all majors are eligible. Applicants must reside in Central or Northern California. For more information or to [...] More

PFund Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • PFund is a vital resource and community builder for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied communities by providing grants and scholarships, developing leaders and inspiring giving. Applicants must identify as LGBTQIA and live or attend school in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Pride Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/13/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Pride Foundation offers scholarships to support LGBTQ+ and allied students living in the Northwest. Students must either be residents of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington (but may study anywhere) or be attending school in one of those five states. Applicants must also be pursuing a post-secondary education of any kind. Current college students and those individuals planning to [...] More

The 49 Fund Educational Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/14/2021
  • Amount: $4,900
  • The 49 Fund Educational Scholarship was created in commemoration of the Pulse nightclub shooting. The 49 Fund awards scholarships to Central Florida LGBT students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving their community, to leadership, and to personal and professional development. Applicants must be attending or plan to attend a four-year college and must be from, or have attended high [...] More

The David Womack Memorial West Virginia LGBT Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The David Womack Memorial West Virginia LGBT Scholarship is available to any gay or lesbian undergraduate student who is a resident of West Virginia. The recipient is awarded in August. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

The Pride Scholarship at Michigan State University

  • Application Deadline: 3/14/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The award is given to an MSU undergraduate student selected through a competitive application process. Candidates should demonstrate academic achievement and involvement with, or contributions to, the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Preference is given to incoming, first year (or transfer) students, although all undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Your personal [...] More

The Walter M. Decker Point Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/29/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • To honor his legacy of academic and philanthropic excellence, Point Foundation has created the Walter M. Decker Scholarship to support one or more outstanding students annually. Applicants must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited college or university in the U.S., and are at least in their senior year in high school. Students must also be "out" as a person who identifies as a [...] More

Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/24/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship was established by Peggy Traub and Phyllis Dicker to encourage and support women-identified lesbians in their pursuit of higher education. This program provides one-year scholarships of $1,500 or $3,000 to those graduating high school or already enrolled in college in any year of study, including graduate school. Scholarships are paid directly to the [...] More

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